What is detailing and coating?
This question probably popped up in your head when you were researching things you can do to make your car look pretty for a long time, and that landed you here.
I am going to try my best to boil down what detailing and protective coatings are in a way that’s easy to understand. If I start to lose you feel free to reach out to ReflectOn Automotive we’ll be glad to talk about this in much more detail.
Let’s start with detailing
The word Detailing has been used loosely by many people. At ReflectOn we define detailing as the way to bring your car to its best possible aesthetic condition and prolong that using a sealant or a semi-permanent coating.
The detailing process is pretty straightforward, but is always changing and is adapted to your car’s specific needs. In general, detailing starts out with a thorough clean-up of the interior and exterior of the vehicle. We get into every nook and cranny and get the dirt, grime, tar deposits, iron particles, and contamination out. We then use chemicals to decontaminate the surfaces, both inside and out. We use specialized chemicals on their dedicated surfaces, so the chemical works its magic effectively. The decontamination process varies from vehicle to vehicle. In general, the older the vehicle is the more aggressive and extensive the decontamination process is. Hence, it is always advisable to get the car detailed and coated as soon as possible.
Then every vehicle goes through 2 stages of intensive paint correction. In this process, we use various combinations of pads and compounds to correct swirls, marring, matting of the clear coat, and other kinds of repairable damage on the clear coat substrate. This process takes a lot of time, energy, and finesse. One wrong move and you’re looking at a complete repaint of the damaged panel. Hence, it is always recommended to get your vehicle polished by professional detailers and not get carried away and go with the outlet that offers the lowest price.
Once the paint correction is done, the vehicle is fully inspected by 2 or more people, as any imperfection will be sealed in by the coating in the next step. After the go-ahead is given after a thorough inspection, the coating process begins. You have a lot of options as to what coating you want protecting your ride, we recommend checking out this blog on coatings to know more about them in detail. For this blog, let’s assume you’ve gone with the coating we’re known for. The Nano Rubber coating.
At this point, the vehicle is ready to be coated. We begin with a layer of high-concentration ceramic coating as the base coat. The coating is applied one panel at a time. We use high-intensity LEDs to illuminate the panel we’re working on to ensure even coverage. We use dedicated coatings for dedicated surfaces for better bonding and longevity. Once the coating is carefully applied to each panel, depending on the temperature we use an IR light to help cure the coating, once the ceramic base coat is cured, we apply a layer of Maxprotect UNCR rubber coating as the topcoat. The coating takes almost a week to fully cure but takes only 4-5 hours to cure enough for delivery. After the application, we again inspect the car and check if everything is as perfect as can be.
After the 4 hour mark, we do one final inspection. This whole process takes anywhere from 2 to 3 days to complete. Before delivery, we use a graphene-infused spray sealant to provide temporary protection for the Nano Rubber coating, until it fully cures. We then do a photoshoot of the vehicle, and it’s ready to be delivered.
Maintaining the Coating
We advise our customers to not wash the car till the coating completely cures, which takes about a week’s time. Even after the one-week mark, we highly recommend that people adopt the Klin mechanism to clean their cars rather than a conventional car wash. The Klin mechanism saves them time, money, and most importantly water. To know how the mechanism works, check out our detailed explanation here!